Benedetta Tagliabue is a world-renown architect and the director of the architectural practice Miralles Tagliabue EMBT with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai. Her husband, Enric Miralles, led the Städelschule Architecture Class from 1990 until his death in 2000.
Tagliabue founded the architectural firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles. Among EMBT’s most notable projects are the Edinburgh Parliament, Diagonal Mar Park, the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, Campus Universitario de Vigo, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which was awarded the prestigious prize, "Best International Building of 2011”, by RIBA.
Tagliabue has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Columbia University and Barcelona ETSAB and lectures regularly at architecture forums and universities. In addition to frequent jury appointments, she recently joined the jury for the Pritzker Prize. In 2004 she received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Her work received the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005, the National Spanish Prize in 2006, the Catalan National Prize in 2002, City of Barcelona Prize in 2005 and 2009 as well as FAD prizes in 2000, 2003 and 2007. In 2013, Tagliabue received the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award, which is given annually to an individual or practice that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture.
In her lecture, Tagliabue will present the urban planning and regeneration processes currently being developed in her studio, such as for the metro station in Naples, The Grand Paris Metro Station in Clichy-Montfermeil and Public Spaces in Hafencity Hamburg. She will also address the work recently completed for the Expo Milano 2015.